By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Poultry outbreaks

Last Saturday, Dr Vilayphone Vorraphim, Director General of the Department of Livestock and Fisheries with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Vientiane, Laos reported two Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) virus (H5N1) outbreaks in two villages in  Saravane province.

H5N1 avian influenza/CDC

The report to the the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) noted that the two outbreaks occurred in the villages of Khantharath and Nakhoysao. More than 500 birds died in the two villages due to the virus.

WHO Follow-up on human case

In a follow-up on the confirmed human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) in Saravane province, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports:

The case is a one-year-old female who developed symptoms of fever, productive cough, difficulty breathing and runny nose on 13 October 2020. She was hospitalized for her illness on 16 October and discharged on 19 October. As part of severe acute respiratory infection (SARI) sentinel surveillance, a specimen was collected on the date of hospitalization and confirmed to be positive for avian influenza A(H5N1) on 28 October by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) at the National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE).

This is the third human case of avian influenza A(H5N1) virus reported from Lao PDR since 2005; two cases including two deaths were reported in 2007.

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